Rich Florida dad and mom who pledged $1.35 million to their daughters’ unique Catholic faculty are suing for breach of contract — accusing it of abandoning a Catholic schooling in favor of going “woke” and forcing children to “test their white privilege.”
Anthony and Barbara Scarpo famous how the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa even named its auditorium “Scarpo Household Theatre” after their large pledge in 2017, saying they have been serving to it elevate $9 million in complete.
However now the dad and mom need their a refund — together with tuition paid for his or her two daughters — in outrage at how the college turned its again on Catholicism to go “woke,” their 13-count, 45-page lawsuit claims.
The Scarpos declare they have been betrayed by the college immediately “embracing the brand new, politically right, divisive and ‘woke’ tradition the place gender id, human sexuality, and being pregnant termination amongst different ‘hot-button points,’ took heart stage,” the lawsuit mentioned.
The varsity “insidiously indoctrinated its college students, requiring that they ‘test their white privilege’ and really feel sufficiently responsible merely due to their pores and skin coloration,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Pupils have been additionally made to really feel responsible that “their dad and mom might afford their attendance on the Academy,” the place tuition is as much as $22,450 a yr for highschool college students, the lawsuit mentioned.
As a substitute of the give attention to educating, Catholicism was “billed as an unlucky previous deserving of its college students’ guilt for not having been ‘woke’ sooner,” the paperwork allege.
The lawsuit claims this quantities to fraud and breach of contract.
Because of this, the couple is looking for to rescind the $1.35 million pledge, and get again the $240,000 money present they’d already paid.
In addition they need the schooling they paid for his or her daughters — which was not detailed — to be paid to Catholic charities, and for his or her title to be faraway from the auditorium and “any public shows or media.”
The dad and mom — who import diamonds and jewellery and personal a belief fund firm — are additionally looking for to bar the college from claiming it provides a Catholic schooling.
The varsity has denied the claims — with a lawyer writing to the Scarpos’ authorized workforce to name the lawsuit a publicity stunt, the Tampa Bay Occasions mentioned.
“We are able to discern no motivation behind the lawsuit aside from attention-seeking by your shoppers, and a need by you to construct a model,” lawyer Gregory Listening to wrote, threatening a countersuit to get the complete pledge.
Emily Smart, a college spokeswoman, advised the Florida paper in an electronic mail that the claims are “false and unsubstantiated.”
“We are going to proceed to wish for all events concerned, and, if obligatory, we’re ready to defend ourselves in court docket,” Smart mentioned.